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Updated February 15, 2017
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  1. "Senior Environment Artist"

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    Current Employee - Senior Environment Artist in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Environment Artist in Cary, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Red Storm Entertainment full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Family friendly, great work/life balance, great projects as part of Ubisoft, flexible, good pay in a very nice area.

    Cons

    Some people have been there for a very long time, fresh blood would be great. But it's also a sign that it's a great place to stay.


  2. "Best place ever!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Environment Artist in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Environment Artist in Cary, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Best studio I have ever worked for. They care for the employees. My mother passed away and they treated me life family. Sent a card even. They are genuine and care for each other. I've worked for several studios in my 15 year career and this is by far the best one. If you have an opportunity to work here DO NOT pass it up.

    Cons

    None so far that I have experienced.

    Advice to Management

    Stay the same!!


  3. "good starter company"

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    Former Employee - Level Artist in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Level Artist in Cary, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Some great people who are really passionate about their work

    Cons

    too much management/meetings made it hard to get work done


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Solid Company"

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    Current Employee - Level Designer in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Level Designer in Cary, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great supportive co-workers, family friendly company, flexible scheduling, supportive and understanding management. Awesome health benefits. Really open to new ideas to improve the health of the company - Inhouse game jams etc, activities/parties etc.

    Cons

    co development can be a strain creatively, i feel its hard to be able to stand out and create something that can be developed and maintain control in house.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Fun and challenging environment"

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    Current Employee - Environment Artist in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Environment Artist in Cary, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Red Storm Entertainment full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    You have the chance to work on varying AAA IPs, due to the Ubi structure. Among the staff you will find very talented individuals with the passion to create great games. The idea of cultivating talent is supported up through management and helps create a great atmosphere of mentoring, learning and development. The culture is great and the employee retention is good. A game studio that has been around 15-20 years and has had only one round of layoffs, is hard to come by.

    Cons

    I'll be honest, Ubi style Co-Development can be challenging. But it is clear that the people who embrace it enjoy there work and contributions.
    Ubi keeps a pretty thought grasp on salaries, barely hitting market value.
    These two reasons are why some better talent ends up leaving.

    Advice to Management

    Keep pushing Ubi to support your studio goals and keep pushing the studio to strive on its own two feet.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Overall a positive place to work, with talented people, and awesome benefits."

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    Current Employee - Artist in Morrisville, NC
    Current Employee - Artist in Morrisville, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Red Storm Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    They try to ensure you have family time, although crunch is always needed in every project. Similar to the rest of the industry. The people you work with are very generous with their time, knowledge, and help. The company cares about its employee's, and tries regularly to enhance the working experience. Benefits, mainly medical insurance, is amazing. They also have various other benefits like a monthly fund for anything that advances your well being and knowledge.

    Game production and tools are always updated, and it is asked regularly if you have what you need to be successful. Their are surveys during and after production to enhance and learn from a given project. Being an Ubisoft studio can have it's disadvantages, but has many advantages as well. Stability, big name titles, and cool gear to name a few.

    Management is strong. Especially in the upper levels. The HR department is great for its employee's and the Director and VP are amazing, and work very hard for their staff. They are fair, reasonable, and helpful to a career path when effort is shown be the employee.

    Cons

    Leadership on the production level is very hit or miss. Some producers are amazing to work with, and others treat you as a nuisance. The building can get quite clique to a degree. Being a Ubisoft studio means you are always playing second role to a main studio. You never get to own anything. The Art Directors & Lead Artists are amazing though.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Budget studio struggling within Ubisoft."

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    Former Employee - Art Staff in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Art Staff in Cary, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Red Storm Entertainment full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    3 weeks of vacation, plus Christmas week off. Decent benefits.

    Cons

    Salary below industry standard. Very clicky staff. Internal tools are unstable and difficult to use.

    Advice to Management

    RSE has not designed and created their own game since the gen 1 xbox. The studio assists other studio's within Ubisoft. This process causes friction in the development cycle between studio's. Normally stemming from internal staff not agreeing with the direction given from the external studio. The lack of work within the studio is very apparent, projects have been abruptly taken away, they have suffered layoff's, and the studio keeps reducing or removing company perks.

    Many talented people come and go because of the lack of growth within the company. The core staff has remained at the studio for well over 10 years, which causes a very clicky work environment. You are also told share your ideas with the studio, only to be quickly ignored.

    When someone is struggling, co-workers will not help them out. Anyone that helps out a struggling co-worker are looked down on. Management will even pull you aside and tell you not to do that. If you ever bring up an issue with management, they will pull you into a meeting room to talk about your lacking performance, even if is right after your review that states you "meet or exceed expectations".


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Was a good company, but went downhill"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Programmer in Morrisville, NC
    Former Employee - Programmer in Morrisville, NC
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Red Storm Entertainment full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    They have a pretty generous vacation policy.

    Cons

    The head of the last project I worked on was the worst possible choice for his position, and I include janitorial staff among the options.

    Mandatory 60-hour weeks were commonly assigned for milestones which had no significance other than internal politics.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work, nice area,"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Environment Artist in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Environment Artist in Cary, NC
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to work,
    nice office,
    good benefits,
    fun projects,
    friendly coworkers
    cost of living not too bad
    can push yourself to rise in leadership

    Cons

    Times can be rough, like any other place,
    Very specific genre, not a con to some, may be to others,

    Advice to Management

    I'm sure it can be tough in certain positions, but as always, active investigation into production problems and success is helpful,


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to start your career...just don't plan on staying forever"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Great employee benefits
    - Get to work on high-profile game
    - UbiSoft provides opportunity to work in other countries.

    Cons

    - Little to no growth in the company
    - "pigeon-holing" of employees makes it very hard to advance
    - management stagnant in it's approach

    Advice to Management

    - Work on growing the company instead of being content with a single product
    - Encourage employee growth
    - Pay more for senior talent



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